The Georgia Job Market
The Peach State is an up-and-coming spot for job seekers. Georgia's Department of Labor forecasts that the state will be adding 480,690 jobs in the next 10 years, including 120,130 in healthcare and 63,790 in education.
The best places for job seekers in Georgia are below:
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- Johns Creek
Johns Creek is located in Fulton County, northeast of Atlanta. The Chattahoochee River runs along the southern border of the city, and the surrounding Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area provides plenty of outdoor activities for residents in the summer. The top employers include State Farm, Alcon and Macy's Systems and Technology.
Located in Fulton County, Alpharetta is a northern suburb of Atlanta. Alpharetta is known as the Technology City of the South, with employers like Comcast, Verizon and Hewlett-Packard. Other major employers in Alpharetta include McKesson, Automatic Data Processing and Lexis Nexis. DeVry University has a campus in Alpharetta that offers job seekers help in their Career Resource Center, which offers online technology and business tutorials, a Networking Center and resume writing and interviewing tools. Additionally, Reinhardt University has an adult-education program in Alpharetta that provides evening classes on an accelerated schedule so everyone can gain the education they need. It offers programs in business, management and healthcare administration, amongst others, and a dedicated Career Services Center to help students and alumni with resume writing, interview practice and networking events.
Located north of Atlanta, Dunwoody is a young city in DeKalb County. Principal employers include Six Continents Hotels, Walden Security and ER Solutions. Georgia Perimeter College's Dunwoody campus has an Advising, Counseling and Retention Services office that helps students obtain the career help they need with sessions on professional presence, job searching and interviewing practices.
- Peachtree City
Peachtree City is situated approximately 30 miles southwest of Atlanta. Peachtree City is a planned community with a blend of residential and commercial neighborhoods – it has all the conveniences of a large metropolitan while being surrounded by nature. Major employers in the city include NCR Corporation, Cooper Industries and Hoshizaki America. Point University's Peachtree City Campus is home to the Access Program for adult education which helps all students build up their core qualities.
Roswell is located in the Atlanta metropolitan region, approximately 20 miles north of downtown Atlanta. Principal employers in Roswell include Kimberly-Clark, Verizon and North Fulton Hospital. Roswell's residents are well-educated – 40.3 percent of the population over 25 have obtained a bachelor's degree and another 18.8 percent have obtained a graduate or professional degree as well. Roswell has a branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System which has career and employment resources for job seekers.
- Warner Robins
Warner Robins is located in central Georgia and is home to the Robins Air Force Base, one of the largest employers in the region with 22,911 employees. Other top employers in the region include the Medical Center of Central Georgia, GEICO and Houston Healthcare. The city is home to Houston County Career Academy, which provides courses to prepare students for several career paths, including business technology, engineering and healthcare-science technology.
Athens-Clarke is a consolidated city-county in northeastern Georgia. Top employers in the region are the University of Georgia, Athens Regional Health System and Pilgrim's.
- Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs, the sixth-largest city in Georgia, is located approximately 16 miles north of Atlanta. Top employers in Sandy Springs include Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital and IBM. Sandy Springs is home to the North Fulton Service Center, where job seekers can find career counseling services and job search assistance.
Duluth is located 26 miles northeast of Atlanta. Major employers in Gwinnett County are Gwinnett Medical Center, Cisco Systems and Primerica. Duluth is the headquarters of companies like AGCO, the U.S. branch of GravoTech and the North American branch of Merial.
Atlanta is a great city for job seekers with varied job opportunities. TRC Staffing Services Inc. in Atlanta is seeing an increase in demand for professionals in the following fields: customer service positions, help desk support, warehouse/industrial, information technology and engineering.
There are many resources for job seekers in Atlanta:
ATLwork.com is a one-stop shop for Atlanta job seekers and provides links to career resources, career schools, colleges and universities, job boards, labor statistics, professional associations, resume services and more.
MetroAtlantaJobs.com has a tagline that reads "Live here. Work here," this self-proclaimed "hometown resource for finding the best local jobs" provides a comprehensive listing of jobs in the area for everyone from hourly/skilled laborers to professional/technical salary-based job seekers to executives seeking salaries of over $100k. This site also provides links to organizations devoted to helping veterans and people with disabilities find work.
Atlanta-Fulton County Library System utilizes the latest technology to aid job seekers in their search. Visitors to the website will find a particularly helpful link to eCampus – the library system's free resources for everything from test prep for job seekers who wish to obtain their GED to a continuing education certificate program for professionals who want to get a leg up on their competition. Also unique to the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System Job Resources Page are databases for prospective employees to research a company they may be interested in joining.
Georgia Career Information Center is located on the Georgia State University campus. While a large portion of the Georgia Career Information Center (GCIC) site is password protected, requiring a user name and password from a school counselor or administrator, there is an abundance of helpful features for job seekers who are outside of the school system. This website is perhaps best suited for high school students seeking their first job and college students seeking that all-important first step towards pursuing their career
Who are Atlanta's top employers? Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) is at No. 1 with nearly 30,000 full-time Atlanta employees.
Emory University hires about 24,090 full-time employees, while Gwinnett County Public Schools ranks third reporting more than 20,000 full-time staff.
Several health care systems like Piedmont Healthcare, Northside Hospital Inc., Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Northeast Georgia Health System Inc., and Grady Health System are employers with a combined total of more than 38,000 full-time employees.
Additionally, AT&T Inc. has a big presence with about 16,794 employees in Atlanta and more than 250,000 companywide.
Cox Enterprises Inc. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. are also located in Atlanta and provide good employment opportunities.
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